Post mill, Thorrington

A wind-powered corn mill in the historic county of Essex, England.

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This postmill is said to have been erected in 1740 by William Walker and/or Samuel Holditch, which one of them transferred to his son-in-law Daniel Clapton in 1757-59. It served as part of the same property as the tide mill until it was blown down in 1869, when it would have been in the possession of Henry Cooper: after whose family the site was known. A windmill is shown at this spot on Chapman & André’s Map of Essex of 1777. Presumed owners/occupiers in the intervening years were John Clapton son of Daniel (1788); William Eve (1814) William Eve jnr. (1816); Henry Henley (1824); Elizabeth Henley (1826); Charles Bones/John Pyman (1832); George Cooper 1841 and descendants until 1869.

No trace of the windmill can now be seen but, luckily, a painting by Miss Mayor was done in 1868 and, in 1974, this was in the possession of a Mr Aldridge of Thorrington who allowed Bill Burton in turn to make a copy.

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Alternative names Cooper's HIll Windmill, Thorrington Windmill
Power source Wind
Mill type Post mill
Mill function Corn mill
Archive ID 11704
Location Thorrington
Historic county Essex
Country England, United Kingdom
Latitude/longitude 51.83412305, 1.02219510




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